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Alexis McCartney of Ozark, a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been named a semifinalist in the 2017-18 Collegiate ECHO Marketing Challenge.

McCartney was part of a three-person team which was honored as a semifinalist for proposing an omni-channel marketing plan that promoted Fossil's Smart Q watches among consumers aged 18 to 35. Gary Geissler, professor of marketing at UA Little Rock, advised the team.

The Collegiate ECHO Marketing Challenge is hosted by Marketing EDGE, a national education nonprofit committed to fostering skill-ready, responsive and responsible marketers of the future.


Axel Izaguirre-Garcia, a senior from Gravette, was named a student ambassador at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Mason Evers of Bentonville was chosen as president.

Student ambassadors complete close to 400 hours of work by hosting, attending and supporting events. They serve as greeters and assist the institutional advancement team at receptions and alumni events and lead special campus events. Selection for ambassadors includes attending a mixer, an application packet and two rounds of interviews.

Bentonville High School

Holly Howard, a Bentonville High School teacher, was chosen to participate in the 2018 National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute on storytelling and the visual arts held last month in Washington, D.C.

Educators explored the connection between storytelling and learning and how to integrate the two in the classroom. Each teacher told his own story through the process of making a short film.


Emily Parker of Harrison, a student at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, received a leadership award from the school at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Farm Bureau

Washington County Farm Bureau awarded 15 $1,000 college scholarships to incoming freshmen at its July 26 board meeting. Students included Katherine McConnell of Prairie Grove, Baylie Lanier of Prairie Grove, Laney Roebke of West Fork, Hollie Webb of Lincoln, Elizabeth Berner, Sagely Burnett, Sierra Burnett, Paul Cole, Sara Cunningham, Katie Gardner, Sara Gardner, Alex Henry, Jordan Horn, Billy Zeke Laird and Abby Simco.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Chandra Bautista of Berryville and Mallory Fox of Fayetteville are summer 2018 graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Basutista earned a doctor of philosophy, and Fox received a bachelor of science in business administration.

Fort Lewis College

Madeleine Roberts of Bentonville and Elise Lilburn of Rogers were named to the spring 2018 dean's list at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., with grade-point averages of 3.6 or higher.

University of Central Oklahoma

Thu Ngo of Fayetteville is a summer 2018 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, with a master of science degree in forensic science.

University of Arkansas

Andrew Warren of Fayetteville, a freshman at the student at the University of Arkansas, earned a scholarship from money raised at the 19th annual Delta Scholarship Golf Classic in Wynne on July 20. The event raised more than $17,500 for scholarships for students majoring in crop science or environmental, soil and water science in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Ellsworth Community College

Keely Mulder of Bella Vista is a 2018 graduate of Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa, with an associate in applied science degree in equine science.

Baylor University

Umar A. Brimah of Bentonville is a 2018 graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a bachelor of business administration degree.

Columbia College

Jared Alwyn of Rogers was named to the 2018 dean's list of the Columbia College (Mo.) online campus, with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.


Tracy Meeks, a graduate of Northwest Arkansas Community College, recently received a National Bookkeeper Association certification. Meeks also recently was awarded an associate of applied science degree in business management, accounting technology -- the first student to complete the school's new program.


Luke Barber of Lavaca, a student at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, served this summer as the John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellow in U.S. Rep. Steve Womack's office. During the seven-week fellowship, Barber attended hearings and conducted research on a variety of policy initiatives, including trade tariffs and immigration legislation.

Midwestern State University

Shelby Cochran of Fayetteville is an August 2018 graduate of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, with a master of science degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner.

Baylor University

Cara Shipley of Fort Smith was named to the summer 2018 dean's academic honor roll at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a grade-point average of 3.7 or better.

Graceland University

Micayla Faught of Rogers was elected to the 2018-2019 Graceland University house council as academic student council-representative for her Solah residence.

National Merit Semifinalists

Andrew Astre of Alma, Saoirse Disney-McKeethen of Fayetteville and Rachel Stall of Clarksville were named National Merit semifinalists for the 2018-2019 academic year. All are students at the Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts in Hot Springs.

Students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit scholarship qualifying test as juniors. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Merit Scholars are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

To advance, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, including academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

Missouri State

Missouri State University in Springfield has named several local students to the summer 2018 dean's list, with grade-point averages of 3.50 or better.

Students include Haley Mansfield of Bella Vista, Elisa Kelley of Bentonville, Parker Dixon of Rogers, Ashton Harner and Bentley Mara of Harrison, Jordan Moyer of Eureka Springs, Hannah Coffman of Fort Smith, Jordan Phillips of Fayetteville and Diana Vargas of Springdale.

Fort Hays State University

Mariah Elizabeth Cline of Bentonville is a summer 2018 graduate of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., with an education specialist degree.

Rogers State University

Carlye M. Bohannan and Jacob Forbes, both of Springdale, were named to the summer 2018 president's honor roll at Rogers State University, with grade-point averages of 4.0.

Teen Leadership participants

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce announced the Teen Leadership Experience participants for 2018-2019, juniors at Fayetteville High School, Haas Hall Academy, The New School and Prism Education Center. The program exposes students to the many services, resources, organizations and businesses in Fayetteville and the Northwest Arkansas area. Each month students will attend presentations, tour facilities and meet representatives of businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and public offices.

Members include: Emmie Bailey, Fayetteville High School; James Bunyard, Haas Hall Academy; Cooper Clark, Fayetteville High; Dominic Dharwadker, Haas Hall; Zach Finn, Fayetteville High; Ella Garland, Fayetteville Highl; Madeline Graves, Fayetteville Highl; Lily Henry, Haas Hall; Kennedy House, Fayetteville High; Michael Krizman, Fayetteville High; Starling Ledbetter, Fayetteville High; Grace Litzinger, Fayetteville High; Ayesha Malik, Haas Hall; Gus Meadors, Haas Hall; Kendall Miller, Haas Hall ; Vivek Narayan, Haas Hall; Cooper Peters, Fayetteville High; Anna Roach, Fayetteville High; Olivia Roark, Fayetteville High; Kade Rogerson, Haas Hall; Amber Sale, Haas Hall; Christine Shackelford, Haas Hall; Emma Smith, Fayetteville High; Carter Smyers, Fayetteville High; David Spielmaker, Prism Education Center; Rosie Sulzen, Prism Education Center; Dezi Tartaglia, Haas Hall; Whitney Waitsman, Fayetteville High; William Whitelaw, Fayetteville High; Zoe Williams, Fayetteville High; Sydney Wingo, Fayetteville High.

Thursday class members are Sydney Adair Fayetteville High School; Tysen Barbour, The New School; Sadie Baxter, Fayetteville High School; Kennedy Blair, Fayetteville High School; Mitchell Bylak, Haas Hall Academy; Lily Casteel, Haas Hall Academy; Alex Collyge, Haas Hall Academy; Kennedy Combs, Fayetteville High School; Bella Compton, Fayetteville High School; Laney Daniels, Fayetteville High School; Maya Davis, Haas Hall Academy; Gigi Farnet, Haas Hall Academy; Bergen Franklin, Haas Hall Academy; Hunter Joyce, Fayetteville High School; Sydney Kincaid, Fayetteville High School; Ella Kisor, Fayetteville High School; Matthew Magre, Fayetteville High School; Caleb Moore, Haas Hall Academy; Asher Moreton, Haas Hall Academy; Anshuman Nandy, Haas Hall Academy; Charlie Nolen, Fayetteville High School; Alexis Peterson, Haas Hall Academy; Aryan Prabhudesai, Haas Hall Academy; Thomas Rohrbach, Fayetteville High School; Porter Smith, Fayetteville High School; Chelsea Snyder, Fayetteville High School; Mason Streett, Fayetteville High School; Georgia Templeton, Fayetteville High School; Sam Turner, Fayetteville High School; Harrison Wales, Fayetteville High School; Brooke Weber, Fayetteville High School.

Southern Arkansas University

Simon Tursky of Van Buren will be a part of the theater production, Next to Normal, at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. The sophomore performing arts, musical theater major will play "Gabe" in the show. Performances run through Oct. 7.

NAN Our Town on 09/27/2018

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